Rep. Matt Gaetz facing sex trafficking probe

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Gaetz, an ally of former president Donald Trump, is being investigated by federal authorities over whether he engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her to accompany him on his travels, according to the Times. "On March 16, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making terrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away". Gaetz insisted there was no 17-year-old and denied any allegations of sex trafficking.

Asked if he would take any action against Gaetz, such as removing him from the Judiciary Committee as Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif, has demanded, the GOP leader said, "If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that were the case". "I can say that you and I went to dinner about two years ago".

"And she was actually threatened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told that if she wouldn't cop to the fact that somehow I was involved in some pay for play scheme that she could face trouble".

"I don't remember the woman you're speaking of or the context at all", replies Carlson after a beat.

Later on in the show, Carlson - still looking surprised - appeared to distance himself further from Gaetz, saying: "That was one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted". I don't think that clarified much, but it certainly showed this is a deeply interesting story and we'll be following it, ' Carlson added.

The investigation began in the final months of former President Donald Trump's administration under Attorney General William Barr and was part of an investigation into Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in northern Florida, who was indicted past year on charges of sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people, including one underage girl, in exchange for sex.

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In an interview with Fox News, McCarthy said he hadn't heard from the Justice Department, which The New York Times reported Tuesday night was investigating Gaetz and the allegations. The person could not publicly discuss the details of an ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Gaetz said his lawyers were told by the DOJ that "I was not a target but a subject of an investigation regarding sexual conduct with women".

"This is a blatant attempt to distract from the fact that Matt Gaetz is apparently about to be indicted for sex trafficking underage girls", said McGee to the Daily Beast. No charges have been brought against Gaetz, according to the paper.

Gaetz accused McGee live on Carlson's show of trying to extort millions of dollars out of him and his family in exchange for "making terrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away".

Gaetz went on to name the DOJ official he claimed was trying to extort him as David McGee, a former DOJ prosecutor. "The planted leak to the FBI tonight was meant to thwart that investigation", he continued.

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